Jerusalem charedi riots

Strictly-Orthodox arrested in protests against conscription

By Charlotte Oliver, December 11, 2013

At least 11 people from Israel's Charedi community were arrested last night, after protests broke out against the detention of two strictly-Orthodox men who refused enlistment into the army.

More than 300 people from the strictly-Orthodox Mea Shearim community took to the streets of Jerusalem to demonstrate against the arrests - and the conscription of religious Jews in general.

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Parents face jail over Jewish school segregation

By Jessica Elgot, June 17, 2010

Tens of thousands of strictly Orthodox Jews marched in Jerusalem today against the proposed integration of Ashkenazi and Mizrahi girls at a religious school.

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that Ashkenazi, Mizrahi and Sephardi children must be educated together, and dozens of parents of girls at a school in the West Bank settlement of Emanuel face up to two weeks in jail.

The parents of Ashkenazi children have demanded the other children are educated separately - claiming they do not believe them to be observant enough.

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Shabbat wars erupt over Intel Jerusalem factory

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 19, 2009

Attempts at mediation have failed so far to prevent another round of Shabbat protests in Jerusalem, this time over a high-tech factory working seven days a week.

The Intel plant in Jerusalem’s Har Hotzvim business park has carried out limited work on Shabbat for over three decades. The start of a new manufacturing process, which will greatly increase the work taking place on Shabbat, had sparked calls for renewed protests. It has been two months since the previous Shabbat protests against an open municipal car park petered out.

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Mayor stoned in Jerusalem Shabbat war

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 13, 2009

The dispute over Shabbat in Jerusalem worsened this week when a group of Charedi men attacked Mayor Nir Barkat and stoned his car.

The weekly battles which have raged for the past two months over the Shabbat opening of a large car park at the Mamilla Shopping Centre near the Old City show no sign of abating.

Last weekend, for the first time, strictly-Orthodox demonstrators managed to block the entrance to the car park despite the attempts of police to block them.

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Charedi mother formally charged in Jerusalem

By Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2009

The mother accused of starving her three-year-old son in the row which sparked the Jerusalem Charedi riots has been formally charged with abuse in the Jerusalem District Court.

Several counts have been filed with the Jerusalem District Court after a psychiatric evaluation found that she was fit to stand trial.

Jerusalem State Prosecutor Moshe Lador is said to have been briefed on the case at the weekend.

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Charedi mother to be charged

By Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2009

The mother accused of starving her three-year-old son in the row which sparked the Jerusalem Charedi riots is to be charged with abuse.

Jerusalem State Prosecutor Moshe Lador is said to have been briefed on the case at the weekend and several counts are to be filed with the Jerusalem District Court after a psychiatric evaluation found that she was fit to stand trial.

The strictly Orthodox mother, who has been under house arrest for the past week, has not been allowed to see her son, who was recently released from hospital, but has been in contact with her other children.

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Shuls collect donations for arrested Jerusalem 'starvation' mother

By Marcus Dysch and Anshel Pfeffer, July 30, 2009

Donations were due to be collected in every strictly Orthodox synagogue in Stamford Hill yesterday to raise money for the family of a three-year-old boy allegedly starved by his mother in Jerusalem.

The toddler weighed just 14lb when he was admitted to hospital earlier this month.

The boy’s father grew up in the Stamford Hill community and his grandparents still live there.

Money was due to be collected following Tisha B’Av minchah services. Proceeds will be donated to the family to help pay for the mother’s legal costs and medical bills.

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Analysis: Force law on the Charedim

By Naomi Ragen, July 23, 2009

A woman is caught on tape detaching the feeding tube from her starving three-year-old in Hadassah Hospital, after years of bringing the child in with unexplained medical conditions and bodily injuries. She is arrested by authorities for child endangerment and jailed. In response, her community backs her up, burns property and assaults police and social workers.

This story makes no sense until you add that the woman is Charedi, a member of Neturei Karta sect in Jerusalem’s Meah Shearim.

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Analysis: Real motive is that they hate the state

By Miriam Shaviv, July 23, 2009

In Jerusalem, Charedi riots are as much part of the summer as chamsin and ice cream.

Past pretexts have included adverts with pictures of immodestly dressed women displayed at bus stops; a Gay Pride march; and the demand to close the Bar-Ilan road on Shabbat.

This year, there were two triggers. First, the opening of a municipal-owned car park on Shabbat, then, last week, the tragic case of a strictly Orthodox mother who has been accused of starving one of her children almost to death.

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Mother whose arrest fired rage ‘is innocent’

By Marcus Dysch, July 23, 2009

The grandmother of a three-year-old boy allegedly starved by his mother in Jerusalem until he weighed just 14 lb has said she is standing by her daughter-in-law, whose arrest has sparked rioting by some of the city’s strictly Orthodox factions.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is a member of the strictly Orthodox community in Stamford Hill, north London.

“I’m giving my daughter-in-law my full support for everything. She’s a wonderful woman. She’s never had a personal problem,” the 50-year-old said.

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